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PM Modi to kick off Yoga Day in Chandigarh today, other states to join in

The Chandigarh administration on Monday gave final touches to its preparation for the second International Yoga Day event to be held at Capitol Complex to make sure it goes off smoothly on Tuesday.

international yoga day Updated: Jun 21, 2016 01:18 IST
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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a 'Surya Namaskar' sand sculpture on the occasion of International Yoga Day at Puri beach of Odisha.(PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chandigarh on Monday evening to participate in the second International Yoga Day celebrations.

He was received at the airport by Punjab and Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar, official sources said.

Prime minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to perform 45 minutes of yoga asanas along with 30,500 participants at the Capitol Complex between 7am and 7.45 am on Tuesday, a day the Met department has predicted possible rains and thunderstorm in the Union territory.

Capitol Complex, one of the structures in India that is vying for heritage status under the transnational serial dossier, includes buildings such as the Punjab and Haryana high court, Vidhan Sabha, Geometric hill and the Open Hand.

Thousands of security personnel, workers and officials in the government worked round-the-clock in the run-up to the high-profile programme .

At least 7,000 security personnel, including 4,000 paramilitary jawans and 3,000 officers of Chandigarh Police, will guard the venue in the city where prohibitory orders have been issued at several places.

Around 200 close circuit television cameras have been installed around the complex and outside the Punjab Raj Bhawan where the PM is staying. LED screens have also been put up for a live screening of the main event.

Punjab and Haryana governor and UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state health minister Anil Vij and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher besides ministers from Punjab and Haryana are expected to participate in the event.

Haryana is co-host of the mega event being held in Chandigarh.

Participants perform yoga during full dress rehearsal ahead of World Yoga Day in Chandigarh. (REUTERS)

Apart from the main venue, yoga will also be conducted at 180 camps across the city. These centres will be connected to the main venue through LEDs.

The Union territory administration, along with Ayush ministry, has spent over Rs 14 crore on the event and the four-day yoga festival held in different areas of Chandigarh.

Here is a look at what is expected in other states:


Haryana health minister Anil Vij said lakhs of people across the state would perform yoga during district, sub-divisional, tehsil and village-level programmes.

He said that 10,000 practitioners from Haryana would participate in the national-level event at Chandigarh. More than one lakh participants would perform yoga at the programme in Faridabad, he said.

Vij said that apart from this ‘Yog Mahotsav’ was organised at all district headquarters on June 19 and 20.

Uttar Pradesh

Like last year, Union home minister Rajnath Singh would perform asanas in Lucknow at KD Singh Babu Stadium. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), central zone, which comes under the home ministry, has invited the Union home minister to be the chief guest at the yoga day function.

More than 15,000 people are expected to turn up for the function that will start at 6am.

Preparations on at the KD Singh Babu stadium, where home minister Rajnath Singh will take part in the Yoga Day celebrations. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

“Various organisations like Nehru Yuva Kendra, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Art of Living, Prajapati Brahmakumari are partners in this event,” Arvind Upadhyay, CRPF deputy commandant, said.

Around 10 other ministers, including Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Nirmala Sitharaman and Maneka Gandhi, will be in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to lead programmes that include mass yoga events, workshops and seminars.

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Madhya Pradesh

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani besides several other ministers and officials of the state are likely to participate in the event at Bhopal’s Lal Prade Ground.

As many as 6,000 school children, 1,000 college students, 1,500 members of NCC and others, 500 participants each from Patanjali Yogpeeth and the Art of Living and 1,000 participants of paramilitary forces including CRPF (police), CISF, ITBP and SSB in Bhopal will participate in the event.


Some 5,000 people will attend an event to mark the second edition of International Yoga Day in state capital Dehradun’s Pavilion Ground.

Chief minister Harish Rawat will attend the session besides a large number of state bureaucrats. The Congress-led state government has also declared that Panwalia village in Rudraprayag district will be developed as the ‘Yoga Gram’.

In Haridwar, employees of yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, as well as his followers, will attend the session.

However, Ramdev will participate in a similar session in Faridabad in Haryana, where he plans to set a world record.

Ramdev and BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi perform yoga during the rehearsals for the upcoming International Yoga Day at Rajpath in New Delhi. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)


Chief minister Vasundhara Raje along with Union water resources minister Uma Bharti will attend the state-level function at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

More than 40,000 people are expected to take part in this event.


Over 2,500 people are likely to participate in a programme to mark the event at the Kendriya Vidyalaya in WRS Colony in state capital Raipur from 6.30am onwards.

Chief minister Raman Singh, Union minister Piyush Goyal, local MP and MLAs are expected to attend the programme.


No official ceremony has been planned in Bihar and the state government has instead decided to celebrate the day as world music day.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar, who has emerged as an anti-liquor crusader, said that yoga was irrelevant without a country-wide ban on liquor during a public rally at Palamu in Jharkhand on Sunday.

“Yoga is a natural treatment process, which liquor addicts cannot perform. Yoga will be irrelevant unless liquor is banned across the country,” he said.

This is for the second consecutive year that Bihar will not hold any official function on Yoga Day.

Read: On Modi’s yoga day, Nitish decides to sing a different tune in Bihar


There is no major event planned in Hyderabad on Yoga Day.

However, Isha Foundation of spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will be hosting a series of programmes in different parts of the city for students on June 21.

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First Published: Jun 21, 2016 01:17 IST